ERIC Number: ED242333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Library Technicians in the USA.
Johnson, Ian M.
Based on discussions with librarians, library personnel managers, and instructors involved in junior college library technician programs in eight cities, this report of a September 1980 study tour describes the training of library technicians in the United States. Sections cover aims of the study tour; planning the tour; the organization of post-high school education and the development of the library technician movement in the United States; the definition of a library/media technical assistant (L/MTA); L/MTA training program development and structure; the range, level, and duration of L/MTA courses; and distance learning, the job market, certification, and accreditation for L/MTAs. Problems perceived are outlined as the lack of a widely accepted definition of what a technician is and could do; the need for a unified hierarchy of courses with compatibility of qualifications, and content based on task analysis; the need for local advisory committees and external assessment to develop and maintain L/MTA program standing; and the lack of coordination of existing distance learning projects. Recommendations for the improvement of U.S. programs and a series of questions to be considered in Britain are also presented. Extensive appendices present extracts from training program outlines, a manual of position classification standards, and career advisory handbooks; a 10-item bibliography; and a trip itinerary. (ESR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Report to the Library Association and the English Speaking Union on a Study Tour (September 8, 1980 to October 6, 1980). Sir Evelyn Wrench Travelling Fellowship, 1980.